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This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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The firm admits new Partner

July 2010. Press Releases by Shook Lin & Bok (view listing).

The firm has admitted Lee Lin Li as a new Partner of the firm for 2010.

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Arbitration Department

July 2010. Press Releases by Shook Lin & Bok (view listing).

Arbitration plays a complementary role to court litigation in dispute resolution, and over the years has assumed an increasingly prominent and important position. It is often the preferred choice for dispute resolution in commercial contracts with an international dimension to them. In tandem with the ascendancy of arbitration, the firm's Arbitration department has grown briskly. We sat down with the firm's Partner Mohanadass Kanagasabai, who is currently the President of the Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb), for a discussion on arbitration and the Arbitration Department.

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Banking and Finance Litigation Department

July 2010. Press Releases by Shook Lin & Bok (view listing).

Shook Lin & Bok's Banking and Finance Litigation Department established in the early 1980s, was a pioneering team dedicated to banking litigation. It remains today one of very few teams of lawyers in law firms in the country, whose lawyers focus exclusively on litigation work for banks and financial institutions.

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Shook Lin & Bok gives back

July 2010. Press Releases by Shook Lin & Bok (view listing).

Taking a leaf out of the American Idol experience, a group of Lawyers from the firm organised the firm's annual Christmas party held for 2009 at the Praise Emmanuel Children's Home (PECH) in Petaling Jaya on 17 December 2009.

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Presentation to ISOLAS

July 2010. Press Releases by ISOLAS (view listing).

In a short ceremony at the Tower, members of the Gibraltar Branch of the Royal Engineers Association presented a Corps plaque and a signed philatelic cover to Elliott Phillips of ISOLAS. The presentation commemorates a strong link between the Association and the local law firm.

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AstapovLawyers' Partner spoke on International financing for Russian agro holdings

On May 19, 2010 Ms. Tatyana Kuzmenko, AstapovLawyers' Banking & Finance Partner, spoke on International finacing for Russian agro holdings during the 3rd Annual Business Conference 'Financing for agro holdings.

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Mr. Oleh Malskyy participated in the round table on PPP at Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

On May 21, 2010 Mr. Oleh Malskyy, AstapovLawyers' M&A Partner, participated in the round table on "Public-Private Partnerships as a push to National Economic Development" at Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

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AstapovLawyers attended the 6th Annual Ukrainian Investment Summit in London

On May 17-19, 2010 Mr. Andrey Astapov and Mr. Oleh Malskyy participated in the 6th Annual Ukrainian Investment Summit in London, UK - the largest investment gathering for Ukraine worldwide organized by Adam Smith Institute (UK).

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Mr. Andrey Astapov spoke at International Arbitration Conference in Kyiv

On May 13, 2010 Managing Partner of AstapovLawyers, Mr. Andrey Astapov, spoke at the First International Practice Conference «ICC International Court of Arbitration: Opportunities for Ukrainian business» organized by Conference House with conjunction with ICC Ukraine in Kyiv regarding practical experience of complex arbitration clauses.

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AstapovLawyers welcomes Ms. Svitlana Kovalska

AstapovLawyers is pleased to announce that Ms. Svitlana Kovalska joins the Firm's fast growing Capital Markets & Securities practice as a Senior Associate effective May 24, 2010.

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AstapovLawyers partners the Polish-Ukrainian Economic Forum in Warsaw

Ukraine and Poland have traditionally been and remain important partners due to their geographical location and historical heritage. Today, Poland is Ukraine's key political and economic partner in Eastern Europe.

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ROWAN LEGAL Wins 2010 Corporate INTL Magazine Global Awards

July 2010. Press Releases by ROWAN LEGAL Law Firm (view listing).

Chosen as the 2010 winner of the prestigious Corporate INTL Magazine Global Awards, ROWAN LEGAL has been named the Information Technology Law Firm of the Year in the Czech Republic and Dispute Resolution Adviser of the Year in the Czech Republic.

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ROWAN LEGAL Recommended by Chambers Europe 2010

July 2010. Press Releases by ROWAN LEGAL Law Firm (view listing).

A well-acclaimed international competitor, ROWAN LEGAL, joins the group of Czech law firms with an exceptionally strong position in the TMT field (Technology, Media, Telecommunications).

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ROWAN LEGAL Recommended by Legal 500 EMEA 2010

July 2010. Press Releases by ROWAN LEGAL Law Firm (view listing).

ROWAN LEGAL has been recommended by Legal 500 EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) in the categories of: Corporate and M&A; TMT; and Banking, Finance and Capital Markets. In the category of Corporate and Commercial, incl. M&A, the recognition of ROWAN LEGAL additionally applies to the Slovak Republic.

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Mr. Oleh Malskyy participated in ILASA 2010 in Paris

On June 3, 2010 Mr. Oleh Malskyy, M&A Partner of AstapovLawyers, participated in The International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards 2010 (ILASA) which was organized in Paris (France) by Leaders League, a French media group specialised in strategy, finance and law.

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Mr. Oleh Beketov participated at the In-House Counsel Summit in Moscow

On June 2-4, 2010 Mr. Oleh Beketov, AstapovLawyers' Senior Associate and the Head of International Litigation Department, participated at the 4th Annual Russian In-House Counsel Summit organized by Adam Smith Institute in Moscow, Russian Federation.

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Mr. Oleh Malskyy participated in the round-table in Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine

On June 8, 2010 Mr. Oleh Malskyy, AstapovLawyers' M&A Partner, took part in the round-table on obstacles that hinder the entry of foreign investors into Ukrainian economy which was organized by the Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on Industrial and Regulatory Policy and Entrepreneurship with support of the Property and Freedom Institute and Commercial Law Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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AstapovLawyers successfully represents a UK-based agro company

A GAFTA arbitration case between our Client, a UK-based commodity trade company, and a Swiss commodity trader has seen the first tier award of arbitration this April.

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Mr. Oleh Beketov participated at the International Conference on Commercial arbitration

On June 9-10, 2010 Mr. Oleh Beketov, AstapovLawyers' Senior Associate and the Head of International Litigation Department, participated at the II International Law Conference on Commercial arbitration in Russia, Sweden and England: new business opportunities organized by Capital Business Events in association with the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), Commerce and Industry Chamber of Russian Federation, The Anglo Russian Law Association (ARLA) and supported by the Chartered Institute of arbitrators. The venue took place in Moscow, Russian Federation.

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AstapovLawyers successfully represents OJSC Efirnoye

In one of a range of major disputes between Malaysian palm oils suppliers and Russian buyers and processors emerged in 2007-2008 due to high volatility of market prices AstapovLawyers successfully represented its Russian Client in defending the arbitral award issued by International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce of the Russian Federation.

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AstapovLawyers - Competition Law Firm of the Year in Russia

On June 16, 2010, AstapovLawyers celebrates another achievement now as ‘Competition Law Advisory Firm of the Year in Russia'.

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AstapovLawyers participated in Annual GAFTA Dinner 2010

On June 10, 2010 AstapovLawyers' Senior Associate Mr. Eugene Blinov traditionally attended the official gathering of international grain community - Annual GAFTA Dinner 2010 held in London, UK.

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AstapovLawyers sponsors the 1st Weekend International Golf Cup 2010

AstapovLawyers as an official legal sponsor and Kommersant Publishing House as an organizer are pleased to announce that on June 20, 2010 was held the Weekend International Golf Cup 2010 on the territory of Kyiv Golf Club GolfStream.

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AstapovLawyers participated in the 5th CIS Local Counsel Forum

On June 23-25, 2010 Mr. Andrey Astapov, AstapovLawyers' Managing Partner, and Mr. Oleh Malskyy, AstapovLawyers' M&A Partner, participated in the 5th CIS Local Counsel Forum in Minsk.

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Mr. Oleh Beketov was promoted to Counsel of AstapovLawyers

On June 30, 2010 AstapovLawyers announced that Mr. Oleh Beketov, Senior Associate and Head of International Litigation Department, was promoted to Counsel, effective July 1, 2010.

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AstapovLawyers' M&A Team welcomes new Senior Associate

On July 1, 2010 Mr. Volodymyr Yakubovskyy has joined AstapovLawyers as a new Senior Associate at M&A, Corporate and Antitrust Department.

 

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Popovici Niţu & Asociaţii advised the largest transactions in the Energy and Healthcare sectors

July 2010. Press Releases by Popovici Nitu & Asociatii (view listing).

Ziarul Financiar rewarded Popovici Niţu & Asociaţii at Lawyer’s Gala for the largest transactions in Healthcare and Energy from 2009.

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Hassans World Cup Success!!

July 2010. Press Releases by Hassans (view listing).

Hassan's international law firm is playing host to three World Cup private screenings held at the Mons Calpe Suite at the Top of the Rock. The opening game was shown to an enthusiastic crowd of clients and Hassans members, following the quick re-scheduling of the event, when a major power cable failure 2 hours before the event, meant a swift re-think of venue which was subsequently moved to 14 on the Quay.

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Penningtons welcomes leading clinical negligence lawyer Grainne Barton

July 2010. Press Releases by Penningtons Solicitors LLP (view listing).

Penningtons Solicitors LLP is delighted to announce that Grainne Barton, who is recognised as a leader in the clinical negligence field, has joined the firm's highly regarded clinical negligence team as an associate.

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Jersey Cash Box Structures

July 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

After a period of turmoil in the financial markets, issuers are once again viewing cash box structures as an attractive financing tool to facilitate share and convertible bond issues. This note sets out the key benefits of using a Jersey cashbox company to structure these transactions.

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Carey Olsen scoops three more awards

July 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Carey Olsen has received three awards from Corporate INTL magazine which recognise the firm’s leading market position in the Channel Islands.

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Carey Olsen advises in Waitrose major acquisition deal

July 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Senior Carey Olsen lawyers across the Channel Islands worked through the night to complete one of the biggest retail acquisition deals in recent years.

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MAQS WINS PUBLIC PROCUREMENT CONTRACT FOR STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY

July 2010. Press Releases by MAQS Law Firm (view listing).

MAQS Law Firm won on May 21, 2010, a public procurement contract on legal services for Stockholm University.

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MAQS LAW FIRM SUCCESSFULLY REPRESENTED APPLE INC

July 2010. Press Releases by MAQS Law Firm (view listing).

Recently, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office ruled in favor of Apple Inc. regarding a trademark opposition case. The dispute was related to iPod and Pod, two of Apple’s most well known trademarks.

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Stamford Law advises Fortis in tussle for controlling stake in hospital chain Parkway

July 2010. Press Releases by Stamford Law Corporation (view listing).

 Stamford Law Corporation is advising RHC Healthcare Private Limited ("RHC")  and  Fortis Healthcare Limited ("Fortis") in  RHC's  voluntary general offer to acquire all the issued and paid-up ordinary shares in the capital of Parkway Holdings Limited ("Parkway")  not already owned by RHC and its concert parties at S$3.80 in cash for each share.

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Carey Olsen advises on new NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited

July 2010. Press Releases by Carey Olsen (view listing).

Carey Olsen lawyers have advised on the establishment and listing of a significant distressed debt fund on the Specialist Fund Market of the London Stock Exchange (SFM) and the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX).

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Date for your Diary on Transfer Regulations Seminar

July 2010. Press Releases by Hayes Solicitors (view listing).

On 20 October next in Dublin, Hayes solicitors will co-host with UK law firm Short Richardson Forth and Legal Island a practically focussed seminar on the theme of Transfer Regulations and related legal developments. The recession has triggered a substantial escalation in the number of disputes arising connected to the Transfer Regulations. This seminar will focus on the legal issues giving rise to those disputes and possible commercial and legal solutions that may be applied in resolving such disputes

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ALTIUS IP team wins important award

July 2010. Press Releases by ALTIUS (in cooperation with Tiberghien) (view listing).

On 24 June 2010, Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) named ALTIUS ‘Contentious IP team of the Year’ for Belgium at its 5th Global Awards ceremony in London. Other firms nominated in this category were Allen & Overy, Bird & Bird, Howrey and NautaDutilh.

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ALTIUS receives Silver Award “Best Benelux Law Firm” at 2010 International Legal Alliance Summit

July 2010. Press Releases by ALTIUS (in cooperation with Tiberghien) (view listing).

On 3 June 2010 the International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards brought together over 500 lawyers, managing partners, general counsel and leading professionals from the legal field from over 40 countries for one-to-one meetings and to celebrate the best independent performing firms. ALTIUS is proud to annouce that the firm received the Silver Award in the category “Best Benelux Law Firm of the Year”.

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ALTIUS reinforces Real Estate Practice with arrival of Suzy Miller

July 2010. Press Releases by ALTIUS (in cooperation with Tiberghien) (view listing).

Suzy Miller, a business lawyer specialising in real estate, environment and urban development, joined ALTIUS’ Real Estate team on 1 June 2010. Previously, she worked for nearly six years in the real estate practice of international law firm Loyens & Loeff. Following the arrival of Lieven Peeters earlier this year, Suzy’s arrival represents another step in the enlargement and development of ALTIUS’ Real Estate & Regulatory team.

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Carmen Verdonck appointed 'Maître de Conference' at the University of Liège

July 2010. Press Releases by ALTIUS (in cooperation with Tiberghien) (view listing).

On 21 April 2010, Carmen Verdonck was appopinted as lecturer ("Maître de conférences") by the Executive Committee of the Governing Board of the University of Liège.

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ALTIUS contributes to Public Procurement Yearbook 2009-2010

July 2010. Press Releases by ALTIUS (in cooperation with Tiberghien) (view listing).

William Timmermans and Tim Bruyninckx contributed to the Public Procurement Yearbook 2009-2010. This yearbook contains a number of articles written by leading Belgian procurement law experts. In their contribution, William and Tim propose a number of changes to the general terms and conditions for the performance of procurement contracts entered into with public authorities, as established by Royal Decree of 26 September 1996.

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The Law Firm evolves into the new entity Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC from 1st July 2010

July 2010. Press Releases by Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC (view listing).

Founded in 1963 by Mr. Patrikios Pavlou, a barrister (Gray’s Inn, UK) from Limassol, the law Firm developed into a partnership, Patrikios Pavlou & Co, in the late 1970s. Through the years, the Firm’s vision, dedication, professional work and experience led to a steady and successful growth and on 1st July 2010, the law firm evolved into a new entity, Patrikios Pavlou & Associates LLC.

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Risto Sipilä elected Vice President of the Finnish Bar Association

June 2010. Press Releases by Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd (view listing).

B&K attorney Risto Sipilä has been elected Vice President of the Finnish Bar Association for a term of 2010–2013.

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B&K lawyers top ranked

June 2010. Press Releases by Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd (view listing).

A recent survey conducted by US-based Best Lawyers awarded Jyrki Tähtinen as the Private Equity Lawyer of the Year and Seppo Kemppinen the Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year for Finland. Additionally, Jyrki Tähtinen was listed as one of the leading lawyers in six different categories.

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B&K Finnish member of newly launched CAPIP network

June 2010. Press Releases by Attorneys at law Borenius Ltd (view listing).

CAP Coalition Against Piracy (CAPIP) is a service network covering 29 different countries and consisting of 23 law firms in the EU, Norway and Switzerland. Borenius & Kemppinen is the Finnish member of the network.

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FIRST CIVIL PENALTY ORDER MADE AGAINST FORMER CFO FOR INSIDER TRADING

June 2010. Press Releases by Drew & Napier LLC (view listing).

The Singapore High Court has found a former senior executive of a public listed company liable to pay a civil penalty to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (the “MAS”) for contravening the insider trading provisions under the Securities and Futures Act (the “SFA”).

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DREW & NAPIER IS SINGAPORE FIRM OF THE YEAR 2010

June 2010. Press Releases by Drew & Napier LLC (view listing).

17 May 2010 - Drew & Napier, has been named Singapore Firm of the Year in the inaugural 2010 PLC Which lawyer? Awards conducted by a leading British legal publication, Practical Law Company (PLC).

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Drew & Napier reaffirmed as disputes leader at ALB Awards

June 2010. Press Releases by Drew & Napier LLC (view listing).

4 June 2010 - Top Singapore law firm Drew & Napier LLC is once again acclaimed as the leader in dispute resolution, as it clinched the Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year for the sixth consecutive year at the Asian Legal Business (ALB) SE Asia Law Awards 2010.

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Hammarskiöld & Co lead legal advisor to Inter IKEA and the Catella Foundation

June 2010. Press Releases by Hammarskiöld & Co (view listing).

Hammarskiöld & Co lead legal advisor to Inter IKEA and the Catella Foundation in their divestment of Catella

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Legal Developments worldwide

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  • China Drug Registration Regulation - Public consultation on amendment closes - March 2014

    In February 2014, the China Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”) invited second-round comments from the public regarding proposed amendments to the China Drug Registration Regulations (“DRR”). One of the proposed amendments touches upon patent protection for drugs in China.
  • Revised NDRC Measures for Approval and Filing of Outbound Investment Projects - April 2014

    The National Development and Reform Commission ( NDRC ) released a new set of Management Measures for Approval and Filing of Outbound Investment Projects ( 境外投资项目核准和备案管理办法) ( New Measures ) on 8 April 2014. The New Measures take effect on 8 May 2014 and will replace the Interim Management Measures for Approval of Outbound Investment Projects ( 境外投资项目核准暂行管理办法) ( Original Measures ) which have been in force since 9 October 2004.
  • Insurance Update - CIRC Issues Insurance M&A Measures: What are the impacts and applications?

    On 21 March 2014, CIRC issued the Administrative Measures on the Acquisition and Merger of Insurance Companies (the Insurance M&A Measures ) which will take effect from 1 June 2014. The Insurance M&A Measures apply to M&A activities whereby an insurance company is the target for a merger or acquisition. The target insurance company could be either a domestic or a foreign invested insurer. However, the Insurance M&A Measures will not apply to any equity investment by insurance companies in non-insurance companies in China or in overseas insurance companies.
  • China issues new rules to regulate medical devices - May 2014

    The Regulations on Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices (in Chinese《医疗器械监督管理条例》, State Council Order No. 650) (the Medical Device Regulations) were amended by China's State Council on 31 March 2014 and will come into effect on 1 June 2014. This is the first amendment in more than a decade since the Medical Device Regulations were first promulgated in 2000, even though the amendment was initiated eight years ago in 2006. The 2014 amendment unveils reforms on the regulatory regime for medical devices market in China from various aspects.
  • Walking a fine line in China:Distinguishing between legitimate commercial deals and commercial bribe

    China in the 21st century exemplifies an atmosphere of great opportunity and intense competition. Against this backdrop, it has become increasingly common for businesses to adopt a variety of practices in order to make their products and services competitive. Such practices may include paying middle-men to promote sales and giving incentives to buyers directly. However, whilst revenue spikes are undoubtedly welcome, businesses should bear in mind the potential backlash arising out of these commercial arrangements. The risk that such arrangements may not comply with anti-bribery and corruption laws and therefore cause business significant damage in the long term should not be underestimated.
  • Rise of the private healthcare sector - July 2014

    As of 2013, China had 9,800 private hospitals, representing almost half of the total number of hospitals in the country 1 . However, private hospitals still severely lag behind their public peers due to low utilisation, talent shortages and incomplete social insurance coverage. As part of China's ongoing healthcare reform initiatives, the Chinese government has set a goal to increase the share of patients treated by private hospitals to 20% by the end of 2015 2 .
  • Banking regulation in China: Proposed deposit insurance system - December 2014

    On 30 November 2014, the State Council of China released a draft Deposit Insurance Regulation (the Draft), to establish a deposit insurance system in order to "protect interests of depositors, prevent and mitigate financial risks and maintain a stabilised financial system". The public are invited to submit comments on the Draft by 30 December 2014.
  • Tackling bribery: China toughens criminal law - December 2014

    Following earlier reforms of the PRC's anti-corruption rules (for further information, please see our previous briefings published in January 2013 and March 2011 ), the National People's Congress (NPC) has recently published a proposed amendment to the PRC Criminal Law in draft form for public comments (the Draft). The Draft expands the reach of official bribery offences, gives more autonomy to judges to inflict severe punishments, and generally increases the level and type of punishments that can be imposed on individuals who commit bribery offences. It further demonstrates the government's determination to tackle corruption in China.
  • China banking restrictions relaxed: New rules further open banking sector to foreign investors

    The State Council of China recently released amendments to the Foreign Bank Administrative Regulations of China (the Amendments) with effect from 1 January 2015.
  • Walking a Tightrope in Singapore - July 2014

    The world has no borders and distance is negligible for the technologically savvy criminal. Individuals with illicit funds to launder or terrorist activities to finance can, with the latest technology, transfer high volumes of money around the globe almost instantaneously and seek to conceal the origin or the destination of the funds.